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Review of the Tuopuke Rosin press

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I wouldn't have thought of doing this review myself. @Jellypowered suggested it.

After having a bad case of press envy, I bought a 6 ton hydraulic press. It was cheap, $100 delivered, welded construction, very little assembly. I bought it first because I had the money, and because I'd seen on YouTube that the more pressure you have, the less heat you need to extract dab. Well, if that is true, it takes more than 12,000 lbs per square inch to accomplish the task.

I had some cold rolled steel plates sitting around. I heated them to 180-200° and clumsily made some dab. It worked well, but I holding the top plate aligned to avoid blowing the smashed weed out the sides, was difficult. But, altogether, I collected several grams of dab. It was enough to know I really like it vaping it raw and that it makes great ejuice. I wanted to be able to do this easily.

I had planned on making my own heated plates because I found only 1 American that was making them cheaply and would custom make a set. He sold a 2.75" set of circular aluminum jaws for $100. Too small for me and his custom sets got really pricey, really quickly. I set about trying to discover what the commercially available sets were using for heat rods and PIDs. That would tell me sizes which decided whether I could drill for them at home or if I'd need to find a shop locally that would drill for me. To that end, I looked at every set available on both Amazon and eBay, looking at photos and enlarging them to see if I could read numbers marked on the heaters. This is when I happened on a Rosin plate that was a self-contained unit by Tuopuke. It was available both places.

It is assembled similarly to a stamping die. It has 4 stripper bolts and springs keeping the top and the bottom plates perfectly lined up and always parallel to each other, even if you press off center. This meant that it could be removed from the press in seconds if I had another use for the press. I knew as soon as I saw it, I was going to buy it because this was exactly the way I'd have made one if I still had access to machine tools.

I found Tuopuke's website (https://www.sztuopuke.com/16). It sold, directly from them, for $390, DHL express shipping included. I made room in my budget for this month to be able to purchase it. From Amazon and eBay it was: $390 + shipping or $450 shipping included. So I figure I saved $60 buying it direct and messed with any LEO watching my debit card purchases (if there are any watching, you know us paranoids :wink:). All that for the price is amazing. Having been in machining most of my adult life, I know it would probably sell for $2K plus if it was made in the U.S. More if it were made by large corporation.

I ordered it Thursday 3/15 and it arrived on Tuesday 3/20. It was well packaged in a plain, unmarked box and the shipping invoice said the package contained aluminum plates and iron handles.

Notice how the plate fixture is not parallel. All it took was leaning on it for the springs to unload. As you'll see in the next photo,it is parallel. The fixture floats on the springs, it had settled in shipping.

 

There was literally no assembly, unless you call sliding to heaters into their holes and tightening set screws and plugging in electric cables assembly. :wink:

 I was really stoked! I was ready to start pressing some good goo. I plugged it in and numbers came up on the readouts. They were high numbers, telling me the plates were at 180° already, so I knew the controller hadn't been properly programmed and set out to take care of it myself. The manual supplied was accurate but was Chinese translated to English by someone that wasn't fluent English, so it contained many grammatical errors. Plus, it used jargon that would have been easily understood by an electrician, but meant little or nothing to me. There was also factory defaults listed for setting parameters as well. Here is a copy:

Rosin cage PID controller - page 1.pdf8 (2.5 MB)

Rosin cage PID controller - page 2.pdf2 (2.5 MB)

There were only 2 parameter settings that would have controlled this, "input type" and "output type" and they were not at the factory settings. The only 2 settings that were not at factory default. The input type is the type of heater being used. There are 11 choices. This is one of the settings that was not at default. The output type contains 5 choices. This is the one that confused me as it contains electrical jargon. I assumed the factory setting was probably the correct one.

I should mention, at this time, that I went to Tuopuke and left a message that I would like help programming the PID, but they are in China, so it took about 12 hours for them to get back to me.

I also went to the Morning Group website and looked up XMT7100. They are the folks that make the PID and XMT7100 is the product itself. Unfortunately, they are also the ones that wrote the manual, so the only help I got there was a PDF copy of the manual (the one posted above).

I decided that trail and error was going to need to be my go to method of determining these settings.

Assuming the factory setting of "2" was correct for the output type, then I started on the input type. Every input type I tried, put different numbers on the digital readout, yet none seemed to be heating the plates.

This is a good point to tell you that I am suffering from cataracts and it makes me see things differently from what they are sometimes. This was one of those times. Each readout has it's own small, silver detail near it that looked to me like a circular keyhole, like you'd find on a soda pop machine. Obviously, I didn't look closely at it yet. :rolling_eyes: This may seem like a stupid thing to overlook, but the controller has 2 large rocker switches on the back (look at the picture of the opened box, the back of the controller was facing up). I had those on, so I wasn't expecting an additional on switch and, like I said, the front switches looked like keyholes at a glance.

So, I had been writing to @jellypowered telling him I was having trouble with the manual and setting the PID, he suggested that I ask @ReikoX, @Roux and @Mr.Sparkle because they are pretty good with electrical. I wrote a posting asking for their help and went back to my trial and error testing while waiting for answers to come.

That's when I decided to look inside the box while waiting for some form of help to arrive. It is also when I realized that those silver details were not keyholes, but on/off switches. :poop::angry::head_bandage: My face was both red from embarrassment, and yellow from egg as I set about correcting my calls for help.

Once I pressed the on/off button for each readout, the numbers changed immediately. It had begun heating the plates. I put an oven thermometer on the bottom plate to check the actual temperature. I then waited until each readout indicated it was to temp. I checked the readout to the oven thermometer. I started with the 1st input type (parameter "InTy"), and kept changing it until I found the one that had the readout matched the thermometer. I found setting E was correct (sensor type "ETC"). I continued to check it with the oven thermometer for 2 hours, so I could be sure I could trust it. When it comes to trust, I am a hard sell.

 

 

There was still the matter of setting the desired temperature. I used the method of setting the temp shown in the manual.

By now, it is 5:00 A.M. and I have received a response from Tuopuke. "sorry for the inconvient. You may take a look at the below video for the setting"

The video is very rudimentary, but it shows an easier way to change the temperature setting than the manual gives.

All in all, I am happy with my purchase. My worst problem was caused by my cataracts messing with my vision. The only other problem was an incorrect input type parameter and was literally no problem to fix.

Edit 2: 

One thing never mentioned as a benefit in the literature is since the top plat isn't attached to the press ram, the hydraulic jack driving the press gets to cool during idle times.

It makes great dab, I can do it one handed and I can remove it in seconds to use it to pre-press or to do anything else.

As you can see on the scale, there is just over a 1/4 oz. I made each plug from 2.5 grams of sticky leaves and the random buds that fall off during manicuring the finished plant. When I trim, I take the full leaf off, not just cut the tips off. The leaf stem gets woody and I don't like smoking wood. All this trim was 3 days old the day the Rosin press arrived. It was still pretty moist and pre-pressed nicely.

 

It squished just as nicely. I got lazy and stopped taking pictures at this point. :smoking::dizzy_face:

 

I started pressing one at a time and then decided the 3x5 jaws could contain the mess so I did 2 at a time for the remaining 4 pucks from this run. I ran the remaining sticky leaves the next day. There was enough for 6 more pucks. After a sleep, it all went very smoothly. I found the 2nd smash to generally be larger than the first. Not sure I get that. I got 3 presses from each of the pucks and then added all 6 smashed pucks together for one final pressing. I did that for both sets of 6 pucks. After that, they no longer felt soft and in fact cracked easily after that final pressing.

I occasionally checked the plate heat with the oven thermometer. I am satisfied that it holds the temperatures it is set for.

If you have been looking at one of these and were waiting for someone else to try it first, here I am. :smile_cat: I tried it and I like it. If you have one and are having problems setting it, contact me, I've got figured out what works and I speak English as my 1st language. :grinning:

Now I need to get a larger diameter pollen press. Pressing these 14mm pucks is tedious. Anybody have a favorite large bore pollen press to suggest?

Edit: Re-arranged a few paragraphs to satisfy my OCD.

 

 

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Everything You Need to Know About Hemp Oil Tincture

What is a Hemp Oil Tincture?

If you’re new to hemp oil, you may be wondering what they are and what they can do for the body.

The active ingredient in a hemp oil tincture is cannabidiol (CBD), which is a natural chemical compound found in the oil. It interacts with and supports the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system is extremely important for regulating processes in the brain, central and peripheral nervous system to keep the body in balance.

Another common ingredient in hemp oil tinctures is hempseed, which comes from pressed hemp seeds. It can be unrefined or cold pressed oil which looks clear light or dark green with a nutty flavor. When the oil looks darker, it will have a grassier flavor. Hemp oil should not be confused with hash oil. Hash oil is made from the Cannabis flower and has a different chemical makeup that causes psychoactive effects.


What Does it Look Like?

CBD hemp oil is a fairly dark liquid with an earthy flavor. It can stain clothing, so be careful.

Refined hempseed oil looks colorless and clear and it has little flavor and it lacks antioxidants and natural vitamins. Refined hempseed is normally used in beauty products. Industrial hemp seed is used in lubricants, plastics, fuel, inks, and paint. It can also be used in detergents, shampoos, and soaps. This oil has a high level of nutritional value, with omega 3 essential fatty acids and omega 6 in the perfect ratio required for the human body.


What is it Made Of?

A hemp oil tincture is made with oil that has been CO2 extracted from the industrial hemp plant. It’s non-psychoactive, legal in all 50 U.S. states, and has incredible properties that support the body.

While CBD hemp oil is the main ingredient, there’s usually one other base oil blended with it to make it a runnier consistency. The most common are, for obvious reasons, hemp seed oil. However, that oil does have a strong nutty flavor, so some companies use grapeseed or coconut oil instead. It’s completely up to personal preference which base ingredient you want since the most important thing is the CBD-rich hemp oil.

Regardless of what the hemp oil is mixed with, sometimes the flavor is still pretty earthy. That’s why some hemp oil tinctures have natural and organic flavors blended in, making the product much easier to take for some people.


What are the Benefits?

Hemp oil products are now sought out because of the high level of CBD. The oil has now started to appear on the shelves of specialty stores and health food stores after the growing awareness about its many benefits. There is no need to get a medical card for purchasing CBD products made from industrial hemp oil. This hemp oil comes from farms located in Kentucky and Colorado. Hemp oil from China is cheaper, but the purity may be questionable. We recommend making sure the hemp oil comes from a quality source and asking for a certificate of analysis (COA) from the manufacturer. A COA is a lab report from a cannabis testing facility, which shows a number of cannabinoids in the product.

Industrial hemp oil used in nutritional supplements, food, building materials, and textiles previously came from imported hemp oil. This was due to confusing caveats in the 2014 Farm Bill, which made it challenging to legally grow hemp in the U.S..

However, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, U.S. grown hemp oil is quickly becoming the new standard in CBD supplements. CBD can be found in all types of cannabis; whether it be hemp or marijuana. With hemp, you can enjoy CBD without the risk of a high. It’s important to note that CBD is CBD, no matter where it comes from. So CBD from one type of cannabis isn’t “better” than CBD from another type.

Hemp oil may be frozen for longer storage period. A hemp oil tincture does not use preservatives because it’s an oil —it will last a long time unless it’s mixed with other ingredients that cut the shelf life. Most manufacturers have a 1-year shelf life on their products when stored in a “cool, dry area.”


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Hemp vs Marijuana: What’s the Difference?

 

It seems like you see the letters CBD everywhere today. You almost forget that not long ago, CBD products weren’t legal in America. What makes CBD legal comes down to its plant source. Following the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and marijuana are classified as two different substances under the Control Substance Act. That’s because the effects of hemp vs marijuana are very different. This contrast is thanks to how marijuana and hemp affect a network inside of our body, known as the endocannabinoid system. Let’s discuss the differences between hemp and marijuana.

Hemp vs Marijuana: A Difference in Genetics

While hemp and marijuana effects differ, the two plants are siblings from the same family. Marijuana and hemp are both species of the Cannabaceae genus. There are two predominant plants in the Cannabaceae family. They are Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa.

Due to it’s sturdier frame and huskier exterior, present-day hemp evolved from Cannabis sativa. Their short and stocky frame cause hemp plants to grow closer together than marijuana plants do, maxing out around 4 inches apart.

Thanks to the hardiness of their fibrous stalks and close proximity to other plants, hemp can withstand many climates. The durability of hemp allows them to reach maturity within 108 to 120 days.

While hemp is just one species of the Cannabaceae genus, marijuana, on the other hand, can be cultivated as either Cannabis indica or Cannabis sativa. That’s where it’s pickiness stops.

To best grow marijuana, you’re going to need warmer climates and more space. These cannabis family members also like breathing room–upwards of six feet between plants! Hey, maybe space is a bit of a good thing. After all, marijuana matures quicker than hemp, as these plants are ready for harvest within 60 to 90 days.

Another glaring difference between hemp and marijuana? Hemp plants are male. Whereas, marijuana is female. Maybe that’s why they mature quicker than hemp plants!

Hemp Effects vs Marijuana Effects

One last difference in the hemp vs marijuana debate might just be the most important. It involves how compounds within these plants interact with our endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system relies on a series of receptors located throughout our body. These receptors regulate everything from our mental health to hormone production to appetite.

Research indicates hemp effects are very beneficial to the system. The plant is a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids. Hemp effects also include antioxidative and anti-inflammatory benefits. This wide range of qualities is why CBD oil is popping up in everything from beauty lines to supplements to skin care.

Additional research confirms many of the benefits of hemp effects can also be achieved to some degree by marijuana as well. However, there’s one significant difference between how hemp affects the endocannabinoid system vs how marijuana affects it. This primary contrast is that marijuana triggers a psychoactive effect on the endocannabinoid system.

While marijuana can create a euphoric feeling throughout the body, hemp doesn’t have the same effect on the endocannabinoid system. Farm Bill-compliant hemp can’t get you high. The reason for such a variance in cannabis experiences comes down to two molecules–CBD vs THC.

CBD vs THC

What gives plants their distinct attributes are the network of chemical compounds within their DNA. In the Cannabis sativa family, the significant differences between plants come down to plant-based compounds known as cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids are molecules formed within the oils of the cannabis plant. They are also behind the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

As the prefix implies, cannabinoids are closely associated with the cannabis family. While other plants do have cannabinoids, none has an abundant supply as members of the Cannabaceae clan. Research indicates that the hemp plant has at least 113 cannabinoids known to humankind.

Think of cannabis plants like men and women. Both genders have estrogen and testosterone in their system. The difference in these levels is what causes one person to grow the characteristics of a male like facial hair or traits of a female such as the growth of breast tissue.

In hemp vs marijuana plants, instead of estrogen or testosterone, their molecular structure depends on the ratio of CBD vs THC.

What Causes Marijuana Effects?

Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol is the THC molecule that gives marijuana its psychoactive or intoxicating characteristics. The THC molecule binds on cannabinoid receptors, creating a euphoric-like feeling on the system.

Under the Farm Bill, hemp plants must have 0.3% THC or less. Due to its low concentration of THC, hemp effects are not psychoactive.  

What Causes Hemp Benefits and Effects?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is predominant in hemp plants and the primary reason for the effects felt from hemp. It works in unison with the other cannabinoids in hemp to help bring homeostasis (balance) to our system.

Unlike THC, the CBD molecule doesn’t bind onto many receptors. Instead, it stimulates stressed receptors, causing a calming-like effect on the body.

CBD can’t get you high. In fact, due to its molecular structure, CBD can even counteract unwanted marijuana effects.   

A History of Hemp CBD Benefits on Ancestors

Back before plants were classified by species and family, our ancestors learned about herbs through trial and error. They would use plants for sustenance and eventually, for medicinal purposes. One of the earliest texts known to humankind is a Hindu work known as The Vedas. This ancient record referenced cannabis as one of the Five Essential Plants.

When our ancestors migrated, they brought this versatile plant along with them. Chinese emperor Shen-Nung seeped the leaves in a tea to experience hemp effects such as pain relief. Egyptians used cannabis to treat sore eyes. Romans applied hemp extracts to heal sores on both humans and horses.

Our ancestors who went west took hemp along for the journey. As America started colonizing, parts of the country even valued hemp as an acceptable form of payment!

Cannabis was so commonplace that in the 1800s it was an ingredient in many over-the-counter medicines. The plant even landed itself on a list of medicinal herbs in the 1850 US Pharmacopeia.

In 1850, science hadn’t evolved to the point where scientists could differentiate between hemp and marijuana. Cannabis the species was classified like one plant, and this would come to be detrimental in the hemp vs marijuana battle.

Hemp vs Marijuana and Prohibition

In the early 1900s, America was cracking down on mind-altering substances. This change in philosophy caused the country to ban cannabis. During this time, nobody was able to differentiate between hemp and marijuana. They couldn’t figure out that one plant will cause the psychoactive side effects, while the other won’t. Since no one could distinguish between the two, the cannabis ban affected both plants.

With prohibition, companies removed cannabis as an active ingredient in their over-the-counter remedies. Consequently, the masses became deprived of the CBD benefits from ingesting hemp products.

Figuring Out the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana

In the 1960s, scientists finally discovered the THC molecule. They realized this cannabinoid interacted with the body, fostering the high associated with marijuana effects.

Simultaneously, pharmaceutical companies started to grow. With the industrial revolution, companies began mass-producing medications in the same laboratories that were performing studies on these drugs. With our ever-growing reliance on pharmaceutical remedies, hemp-based care and studies seemed a thing of the past. Therefore, the need to distinguish between hemp and marijuana seemed unnecessary.   

While conventional drugs have a place in wellness, many come with a laundry list of side effects. Just watch one commercial and your head will be spinning. These unfavorable effects led many to look toward a more natural form of therapy that had our ancestors’ approval.

In 1996, medical cannabis became legal in California. However, the groundswell behind the hemp movement didn’t swing into full gear until 2012. This was a landmark year where numerous states voted in favor of medical cannabis. Even then, it wasn’t until 2014 the differences between hemp and marijuana were recognized legally. Still, the laws surrounding cannabis can be tricky and make knowing the difference between hemp and marijuana more crucial than ever.   

Hemp vs Marijuana and the Law

In 2018, Congress signed a new Farm Bill into law. A provision in this legislature saw the differences between hemp and marijuana finally recognized.

The new Farm Bill reassigned the cultivation of hemp under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) instead of the Department of Justice. With this change of oversight, hemp became reclassified under the Controlled Substance Act.

During prohibition, the Controlled Substance Act classified both hemp and marijuana as cannabis. Unfortunately for those who wanted hemp CBD benefits, all species of cannabis were classified as a schedule 1 controlled substance. That categorization held hemp in the same regard as opioids and meth. It’s also a reason for the long-standing stigma surrounding cannabis products today.

Thanks to the new Farm Bill, which was signed with a hemp pen by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hemp is currently a schedule 5 substance. While recognizing the differences between hemp and marijuana was vital for CBD legality, it doesn’t make all forms of CBD oil legal. Let’s take a look at the difference between hemp vs marijuana-derived CBD Oil.

What is the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana Derived CBD Oil?  

CBD derived from hemp plants compliant with the Farm Bill is legal in all 50 states. That’s because these hemp plants have less than 0.3% THC in their genetic makeup. Therefore, companies can use these plants to extract CBD oil without worrying about creating a formula with psychoactive properties.

Almost one-fifth of the states in our country recognizes recreational marijuana. Based on the guidelines of those states, extracting CBD oil from marijuana plants is legal. Therefore, products in states where recreational marijuana is legal may have a higher concentration of THC than the 0.3% in government-mandated hemp. Consequently, these products may cause psychoactive side effects for the person who is using them. Furthermore, the products may become illegal when they cross state lines.

While hemp got a pass during the new Farm Bill, marijuana did not. If you are purchasing CBD oil in a state where recreational marijuana is legal, check out the label. Make sure the CBD oil comes from hemp instead of marijuana.

To further complicate the situation, states which recognize medical marijuana but not recreational, also allow the extraction of CBD oil from marijuana. Medical marijuana cardholders should always have their card inside their wallet, especially when they are traveling with CBD oil. That way, if you do purchase a product in compliance with your state’s medical marijuana program, you will be in accordance with local laws in neighboring states too.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil Benefits

You must be asking yourself, why bother making CBD oil with marijuana if the plant is illegal on a federal level? That’s because there are therapeutic benefits to the THC molecule. In fact, all 113 cannabinoids in the hemp plant (including THC) are rich in antioxidants, fatty acids, and other micronutrients. Though THC found in CBD products is below .3% and not nearly enough to get you high, having a small amount can still provide benefits.

The primary objective of cannabinoids is homeostasis (balance). They enter the bloodstream in search of angst-ridden receptors throughout the endocannabinoid system. Based on the cannabinoids interaction with the stressed-out receptor, the balance gets restored throughout the network.

Cannabinoids love homeostasis so much they try to accomplish this task as efficiently as possible. Studies suggest cannabinoids have a beneficial effect on one another. Dubbed the entourage effect, cannabinoids exhibit a natural synergy. This unique interaction is what makes the benefits of CBD oil possible for millions.  

Not all CBD oil is created equally. To know you are getting all of the cannabinoids, make sure the label says words such as:

  • Full-Spectrum
  • Broad-Spectrum
  • Whole-Plant

These labels indicate all parts of the hemp plant including its leaves, stems, and seeds were used during the extraction process. This means the formula is enriched with a load of nutrients which subpar, fly by night companies may leave out.

How to Get CBD Oil without the THC Molecule   

There are many reasons for someone to be skeptical of purchasing a product with THC. For one, you may have a sensitive endocannabinoid system. Others may be afraid of unknowingly breaking the law. If this sounds like you, you can still experience the benefits of CBD oil.

At Made by Hemp, we produce phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil without any THC. While the THC molecule does exhibit therapeutic benefits, it is not necessarily needed in CBD products, though as highlighted above can prove beneficial. 

CBD products made with CBD isolate are THC free.

Hemp vs Marijuana Uses

With marijuana being abundant in THC, it is mostly used for its psychoactive properties and medicinal benefits. States with laws allowing for both recreational and medical marijuana have laws for when, where and how to use these products.

Hemp, on the other hand, has historically been used for more industrial purposes like clothing, biofuel, food products, paper, and more. With the recent rise in popularity as a supplement, CBD derived from hemp is making this plant popular again, and helping companies like ours to educate more people on the benefits of hemp vs marijuana as a supplement.

Conclusion

Now you know the difference, spread the word! Help others to understand this important concept about the difference between hemp and marijuana. There are many epidemics going on in the world today such as deforestation, sickness and disease, opioid addiction and more which more studies and research could provide insight into how the hemp plant and its constituents could prove important in these issues and more.

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8 Ideas to Save Money as a Dog Owner

8 Ideas to Save Money as a Dog Owner



Owning a dog is a rewarding experience, but it can be expensive. In just their first year of life, owning a dog can cost anywhere between $1400 to $2000. Between food, toys, treats, vet bills, medication, grooming, and whatever else comes up, owning a dog can be pricey. 

The first year of a dog’s life is pretty expensive, and you can count on the cost to decrease from that point forward. Nevertheless, owning a dog will still cost a couple of hundred dollars per year. For many, that can take up a sizable chunk of their annual budget.

Thankfully, there are ways to cut down on costs. Everyone loves to save money when they can and saving money as a dog owner is not a far-fetched idea. Here are 8 ideas to save money as a dog owner. 

1. Make Dog Treats at Home

Making your own dog treats can be easy and is a great way to save some money as a dog owner. You don’t have to be a great cook or baker when it comes to making your own dog treats. Your pup likely will not mind if you are not a master chef.

Making dog treats often involves some inexpensive ingredients and your oven. For example, you can make some baked chickpeas by simply putting some chickpeas in a pan and baked them in the oven. A cursory search online can lead you to endless do it yourself dog treats.

2. Start Grooming at Home

Grooming can be a large yearly expense if you have a long-haired dog breed. That cost can soar if you have a long-haired and large dog. In fact, grooming for long-haired dogs can cost an owner $265 for small dogs, $320 for medium-sized dogs, and as much as $408 for a large breed. By learning how to groom your dog at home, you can save a lot of money.

Grooming at home will often have to start with some research. Certain dog breeds have some special requirements for grooming and others do not. In general, most dogs need regular baths with a nice brushing either before or after. Taking care of your pup’s coat can almost entirely remove grooming costs.

3. Make Your Own Dog Toys

Although the cost of dog toys per year is not much, you can still save money by making your own dog toys. If your dog is a chewer and loves to rip apart any new toy that you give him, you can end up saving a pretty penny. Here are some of the many different dog toys that you can make at home:

  • T-Shirt Rope Toys
  • Ball Tug Toys
  • Plastic Bottle Dog Toys
  • Rope Tug Toys
  • A Muffin Tin Puzzle

There are a seemingly endless number of different dog toys that you can make at home. This can help you cut your costs by $40-$100 a year. Talk about some great savings.

4. Make Sure Your Dog Gets Enough Exercise

It might not seem like it but making sure that your dog gets enough exercise can actually be a money saver. Having a dog that is in shape is more of a preventative measure against future expenses. Not to mention that exercising your dog can be as easy and inexpensive as a walk around the neighborhood. 

By regularly and sufficiently exercising your pup, you can reduce the likelihood that you will be met with costly vet bills in the future. Sufficient exercise can protect against your dog developing disorders such as obesity or excessive chewing. It pays to have an in shape dog.

5. Supplement Your Pups Meals

You can either make your own dog food entirely or help supplement your pup’s meals to make sure that they are well-rounded. By supplementing your dog’s food with fresh and healthy ingredients, you can better nourish your pup. Often, these healthy ingredients are cost-effective.

Supplementing your dog’s food is another sort of preventative measure to save money against future vet bills. Feeding your dog high-quality food will strengthen his immune system and can help prevent him from becoming overweight.

6. Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

Did you know that the vast majority of dogs suffer from periodontal disease? Periodontal disease can cause complications such as heart, kidney, and liver issues. That is why taking care of your dog’s teeth can save you money. Not to mention that you save money from getting a professional cleaning done on your dog’s pearly whites.

7. Shop After the Holidays

If you are looking to save money as a dog owner, then you are probably already keeping an eye out for sales. Lucky for you, at least once a year there are large sales all across the country. If you are in the market for any dog-related needs, try shopping after the holidays.

Skipping the holiday rush can save you a lot of money. Often, retailers are looking to get rid of their holiday stock before the stock for the new year comes in. This makes shopping after the holidays the perfect time to stock up on the things you need for your dog.

8. Make Your Own Dog Bed

Dog beds can be expensive, but you always want to make sure that your pup has a comfortable place to sleep. Making your own dog bed can be done without any serious sewing skills. In fact, you can find instructions on making your own dog bed that requires no sewing whatsoever! Check online to find an easy DIY dog bed to start saving money.

More Money-Saving Tips for Dog Owners

Saving money as a dog owner can require a bit of extra work, but it does not have to. You can try to cover as many bases as possible with an all in one money-saving option. That might seem like a far-fetched idea, but it is a reality. If your dog suffers from anxiety, joint pain, or stress, then you can try giving him CBD treats.

CBD is a naturally sourced substance that has been shown to be an effective treatment for stress, anxiety, joint pain, and some neurological disorders. Not to mention that you can buy CBD treats that are packed with all-natural ingredients and nutrients like FOMO Bones’ CBD Dog Treats. Try CBD treats today to reap the many benefits.

 

This article is originally published at FOMO Bones.

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